Curling Voluntary Group Honoured with Queen’s Award

A voluntary group from the Stirling area who work in the community to encourage wheelchair users to participate in wheelchair curling  has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Stirling Wheelchair Curling Club Volunteers (Fiona Glass, Jacky McLaren, Judy Mackenzie, Sylvia Barclay, Muriel Holroyd and Rosemary Miller) offer a positive sporting experience to wheelchair users of all abilities through the sport of Wheelchair Curling in both a competitive and social environment.

Fiona Glass and Jacky McLaren from The Stirling Wheelchair Curling Club Volunteers  will attend a garden party at Palace of Holyroodhouse on 1st July where they will meet the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

The Stirling Wheelchair Curling Club Volunteer Group is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

QAVS_logo (2)The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

The Stirling Wheelchair Curling Club Volunteers will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Stirling later this summer.

Marjory McLachlan, Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk said:
“I am delighted to hear that the Stirling Wheelchair Curling Volunteer Group have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.  This prestigious award recognises groups of individuals who give their time freely for the benefit of others and is considered the MBE of volunteering.  This enthusiastic group of volunteers has encouraged the Wheelchair Curlers to achieve great progress and enabled them to participate in a National and Paralympic Sport with 2 of their athletes becoming members of the Scottish Performance squad.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements.  The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”

Judy Mackenzie, Lead Coach from The Stirling Wheelchair Curling Club Volunteers said:
“As a group, we are extremely proud to receive this exceptional award. We thoroughly enjoy our work with the club members and would encourage  anyone interested to follow the very rewarding volunteer route”.

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